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By Garden of Cross Timbers

Hello, I am Becky Carlberg, gardening enthusiast from Southeast Oklahoma. I have degrees in Biology from Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University. Teaching, research work, and competing in art shows then followed. I earned my ...

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Garden of Cross Timbers

Hello, I am Becky Carlberg, gardening enthusiast from Southeast Oklahoma. I have degrees in Biology from Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University. Teaching, research work, and competing in art shows then followed. I earned my Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology from OSU and continued graduate work on a Doctorate of Botany at the University of Oklahoma.

With my family, we twice had an opportunity to live in Europe. We were in England for five years and then later in Germany for seven years. It was an excellent education for our sons. I returned to gardening, writing and art, became a Master Gardener, as well as an Oklahoma certified Master Naturalist. I am the gardener in charge of the Shawnee Japanese Peace Garden, a member of the Deep Fork Audubon Society, and now call my five acre Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Oklahoma Wildscape outside Shawnee home.

My name is Linda Workman Smith. The first step of my gardening journey began in the hills northwest of Van Buren, Arkansas, where my parents—both from farming families—raised seven children.

This is not to say that I’ve always had a love for gardening although over the years I’ve managed to keep my hands in the dirt. In 2000, my husband’s employment brought us to Shawnee where we settled on two acres west of town. Being unemployed for the first time in many years—and planning to stay that way—I started gardening on a small scale.

I have been a member of the Multi-County Master Gardener Association for several years and thoroughly enjoy being in the organization. I now have many flower beds and I’ve expanded my gardens to include lots of vegetable varieties, several fruit trees, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and grapes. Every year I try to plant something different. I don’t grow a lot of any one thing, but a little bit of lots of things!

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By Garden of Cross Timbers
April 18, 2013 11:32 a.m.



Surprise Gardening

 

Linda Workman Smith

 

Once again disaster has struck here on my two acres of paradise. After last night’s wind and thunderstorms-- with my hubby off to his day job—this morning I began another typical day. Promptly at  7:00AM, I have two hungry German Shepherds impatiently pacing outside my back door, wondering if this will be the day—after all these years—that I forget to feed them. From a large container in the garage I scooped up their individual portions. Gracie is quite the pig and is on a “weight control formula” while Luther is long and lean and doesn’t require a special diet. But that’s another story; on to my main saga.

 

Much to my dismay, when I opened the back door to feed the hungry masses, there lay my mini-greenhouse; face down it was blocking access to my patio. Faster than a speeding bullet! Out through the garage, up on a lawn chair, I reached over the side gate and unlocked it. Then maneuvering between two anxious dogs to the back door I beheld total disaster. I had to tip the little greenhouse to drain off water that had pooled on the plastic back before I could even upright it. There in a mound underneath were my three flats of seedling—that had been carefully marked—now in total disarray. I collected them as best I could back into their respective positions within the trays but of course some will be unidentifiable as to variety until they are much larger; thus the “surprise gardening.” As seen in the pictures, they are now on my dining table waiting to be sorted and re-potted.

 

So in gardening as in life, when you get thrown a curve ball—just come out swinging.

 

Happy gardening,

Linda Workman Smith

Multi-County Master Gardener Association

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